Some Hoosier workers are urging Congress to fund infrastructure upgrades.
Indiana Laborers District Council Business Manager David Frye says it‘s up to the “lame duck” Congress to pass a highway bill before the federal highway trust fund empties at the end of September.
“I think we simply got here because Congress has chose to do nothing for a couple years now. Like I say this expires on September 30,” says Frye.
Frye says the formerly $3 trillion fund has fueled federal roads and bridge maintenance in addition to state and city infrastructure projects.
Indiana Congressman Andre Carson says it’s now up to Congress to fix things.
“What we’re saying is, put aside partisan politics, come together, let’s work on a re-authorization bill that funds us for the next years to come but also produces jobs,” Carson says.
Money for the fund comes from the gas tax and public private partnerships. Frye says the jobs of thousands of Indiana workers could be affected if Congress doesn’t act in time.
The union is speaking out as part of a cross-country demonstration that includes an exhibit of a school bus that appears to have part of a bridge that has collapsed onto it. They say the exhibit is symbolic of what is happening with the nation‘s infrastructure.